In a runaway victory last Tuesday in the 11th Senatorial District, Amanda Chase took down incumbent Steve Martin and Barry Moore. Both Ms. Chase and Mr. Moore were running for office for the first time.
Chase overwhelmed Martin who held the Virginia Senate seat since he won the Senate position in a special election in 1994.
Chase convinced voters that it was time for Martin to go. She beat Martin by over 1,000 votes in what was considered a low turnout election.
Chase garnered 4,468 votes, Martin received 3,417 votes and Moore grabbed 2,691.
A grassroots campaign brought Chase small contributions but also allowed her to talk to prospective voters, taking her conservative message directly to the people. She said she will continue her campaign efforts to connect with people throughout her Senate tenure.
Earnest Powell, an independent, has filed to run for the State Senate 11th District in November.
“Last Tuesday’s victory was a hard-fought race, run and won by the people of the 11th district. I would not be here without the overwhelming support of our grassroots,” Chase said. “Now that the primary is over I look forward to working on behalf of the people. I want to be a strong advocate for small business, strengthening education and supporting our veterans. My goal is to personally meet as many people of the 11th district between now and the November election and to hear their concerns and needs.”
Chase’s campaign will be holding a number of events between now and the election. Visit their website at www.chase4senate.com and like us on Facebook at Amanda Chase for Virginia Senate.
In the 16th Senatorial District, which runs through Enon, Roselyn Dance (1,075) almost doubled the votes that her opponent, Joseph Preston, received (564).
Joe Morrissey has filed to run for Senate in the 16th District in November.
The major opposing parties had to the end of the day on Monday to announce an opposing candidate to the winners of Tuesday’s primary.